Raw Tea “Sandwiches”

by Susan on July 11, 2011


I have been creating and shooting around the clock, working on the next Rawmazing E-Book, Frozen Desserts. It is coming together beautifully and will be released soon.

When I am working on a recipe book, I have a tendency to put my head down and lose track of everything else. I often describe it as being in a completely different reality. It’s my cookbook reality and things like stopping for lunch just don’t exist there!

Today, in the middle of shooting, I realized I hadn’t even thought about lunch. I was hungry and I needed food fast.  I had some beets and cucumbers in the fridge and quickly threw together these beautiful little “sandwiches”. They are perfect for a quick lunch, or a as a great appetizer for your next gathering. The pine nut “cheese” spread is full of scallions, cucumbers and a touch of tarragon. So simple and tasty I had a hard time photographing them because I kept eating them! Lucky they take less than 10 minutes to throw together!

The filling uses pine nuts which used to be a favorite of raw food recipe folk until the price soared through the roof. But the price is finally coming down…search around I bet you will find them!

Raw Tea Sandwiches

  • 2 beets
  • 1 cucumber (half sliced, half diced)
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced (use the other half of the cucumber from above)
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

1. Slice the beets and half of the cucumber into thin rounds.

2. Place pine nuts, nutritional yeast, water, and lemon juice in food processor. Process until very well blended.

3. Stir in the scallions, diced cucumber and the tarragon.

4. Salt and pepper to taste.

5. You can either make little stacks with the beets and cucumbers, or just place a mound on top of a beet slice or cucumber slice.

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Emily Noble July 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

These ARE darling!! They look fantastic! I will be making these for lunch in the near future :-)


Laura-Jane the Rawtarian July 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Heehee very regal! Love the idea. When I make cucumber nut pate combos they look disastrous. Yet yours look fit for Will and Kate :)


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

So pretty!


Jen Lapietro July 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I bought 1.5 pound bag of Kirkland Pine Nuts at Costco recently for $22. That’s 4.75 cups or $9.26 per cup. That is expensive!


Susan July 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm

They used to be 32.00 for a pound so the price is coming down! :-) Isn’t that 4.63 a cup?


Stephanie Meyer July 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I can imagine exactly how they taste and I want some right now! YUM! Also…you’re crazy, as in prolific, in the best possible way. Muah!


Amy Oscar July 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Oh you are just so good at this… yum.


Eco Mama July 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Beautiful presentation, very Zen.
Eco Mama


Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan July 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

cooool!! we actually also made raw tea sandwiches out of onion bread!


Shernell Cooke July 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm

This sounds exactly like me,I’m in cookbook mode and the people around me seem to think Ive neglected all else but I’ll get back to normalcy soon. Great photos !


Tara July 12, 2011 at 5:40 am

Nice looking sandwiches. Do they fall apart when you eat them?


Susan July 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

They are bite sized.


Andrea July 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

Thanks Susan for the idea. I love it.
They look very refreshing for a hot summer day.
I like the colors and the phoograph also. They look big sandwiches, but probably they are not.


veganforlife July 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

WOW! They DO look fit for royalty. Nice! Little “pop in your mouth” goodies!


Nancy July 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Beautiful, Susan!

Question: Is that fresh tarragon or dried?


Susan July 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

You can use either.


Elizabeth July 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Brilliant, and what a delicious sounding filling recipe. I really miss pine nuts!!! I use to eat them quite a bit when they were affordable.
Beautiful photography…what a gift you have!
Peace & Raw Health,


Kasey July 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I have to be honest – I don’t typically do raw, but your pictures look amazing…Can you make this without the yeast, or replace it with something else?


Susan July 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

You can do it without the nutritional yeast but it is actually quite healthy for you. See http://www.rawmazing.com/raw-food-and-nutritional-yeast/


Erika July 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I love these! I recently made a raw tomato-hummus “sandwich” that was very similar and delcious!


Teal October 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I’m sorry, I followed this recipe exactly and thought the inside pine nut recipe was horrible ! the picture looks good,but after trying the stuff before placing them on beets and cucumbers I decided to throw out the whole dish,very unfortunate being that pine nuts are so expensive but it was not something I could eat.


Susan October 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

The filling was made to be paired with the beets and cucumbers. It is one of my favorite recipes but everyone has their own tastes.


Patricia Robinett April 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I wonder, Teal, if your pine nuts might not have gone rancid before you used them. ?


Jenna October 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I made these for company and EVERYONE loved them. What a great recipe. I had to be careful not to eat them all before they were served!


cj May 30, 2012 at 12:46 am

yumm! so good looking other then the pine nuts i suppose u cud use almost anything they look amazing!


S August 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I made some substitutions when I made this. Sunflower seeds work very well with this recipe, I think. But I’m guessing my noob choice of organic live yeast was one of the worst ideas I’ve had in a while–though in my defense, I’d never heard of “nutritional” yeast before. I loved the beet sandwiches, though.


Susan August 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

lol…organic live yeast is completely different from nutritional yeast! You should try them with that!! Cheers!


John Abbe April 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Made these with almonds, they were eaten up quickly. I’ll have to try sunflower seeds, way more affordable.


Claudia November 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I just made these right now and they were so yummmy. I thought they were a little plain so I added garlic :)


Alexis November 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I made these today for myself and my non raw brother and sis-in-law. She tried first and was rawmazed! We ate the whole batch, really quickly. I used cashews instead of pine nuts and it was good, just didn’t have them on hand. I also omitted the tarragon because for some reason I can’t find it around here. Great receipe Susan this goes on my favorites list!


marissa October 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

What does the yeast do in this recipe, and will the sandwiches turn out good enough without it?


Sebastian Stock November 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

Thanking you!! It’s wonderful & very Creative : )


Susan November 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thank you, Sebastian!


Tara May 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Oh yay I cannot wait to try this! do you dehydrate the beets first to provide a little bit of a crunch?


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